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B-36 Peacemaker at Castle AFB
The Convair B-36 was a strategic bomber built by Convair for the United States Air Force, the first operational bomber to truly have intercontinental range. Unofficially nicknamed the “Peacemaker,” the B-36 was the first thermonuclear weapon delivery vehicle. It was the largest piston engined aircraft ever to be mass-produced. The B-36 was also the largest combat aircraft ever built, although there have been larger military transports. With a range of over 6,000 miles and a maximum payload over 72,000 lbs, it set the benchmark for subsequent US long range bombers still in service such as the B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer.